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Cottage Cheese - What to Do with It? Recipes?

hello - i am 4.5 months pregnant, and trying to get protein in different ways. i am a vegetarian due to taste (i absolutely cant stand meat or poultry, for 15 years now)...i do eat cheese, beans, all of that...but cottage cheese seems like an excellent protein source, i just dont know what to do with it! i cant stand to eat it plain. does anyone have any good recipes? thanks.

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C.~ Sorry I didn't get back with you right away but I just remembered that I have a great pancake recipe that is from the "Eating for Life" cook book by Bill Phillips. It is called Golden Pancakes. My family loves this!!

1 cup uncooked whole-grain oats (non-instant)
6 eggs whites
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 packets sugar substitute

In blender combine ingredients. Blend until smooth. Cook on griddle. We used sugar free syrup and they are great. You can also put berries on them.

My husband and 2 1/2 year old son love to put syrup on cottage cheese and just eat it out of a bowl like that. We also cut up a bananna and put it in with the cottage cheese and syrup.
I have heard that putting it on a baked potato is really good too. Good luck with everything!! And I hope that you like the recipe!

B.

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Quick and simple and so yummy!!! Lightly salted Rice Cakes w/ cottage cheese on top. I promise it is DELICIOUS & filling and a good, healthy snack!! =)

Hi
Well this is one of my favorite things is to top it on my soup/stew instead of meat for this recipe use 2 cans of veggie stock. Take an onion & garlic and saute in a tbsp of olive oil. add a can of stewed tomatoes, one green and red bell pepper sliced, can of canelli beans or kidney beans and 2 cans of stock,Add some italian seasonings bring to boil cook for 10 mins, then add 1 cup of elbow maccaroni reduec to simmer and cook for another 15 mins. add salt and pepper to taste serve in a bowl and top w/ Cottage cheese. You can add other veggies that you like as well.
have fun w/ it
L.

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C.~ Sorry I didn't get back with you right away but I just remembered that I have a great pancake recipe that is from the "Eating for Life" cook book by Bill Phillips. It is called Golden Pancakes. My family loves this!!

1 cup uncooked whole-grain oats (non-instant)
6 eggs whites
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 packets sugar substitute

In blender combine ingredients. Blend until smooth. Cook on griddle. We used sugar free syrup and they are great. You can also put berries on them.

My husband and 2 1/2 year old son love to put syrup on cottage cheese and just eat it out of a bowl like that. We also cut up a bananna and put it in with the cottage cheese and syrup.
I have heard that putting it on a baked potato is really good too. Good luck with everything!! And I hope that you like the recipe!

B.

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Hi C.,

My doctor gave me this recipe for cottage cheese muffins when I was pregnant with twins and had to eat 175 grams of protein every day (yikes!). Good luck!

-M.

Heidis Fabulous Muffins

Grind and add to the mix:
1 cup flax seeds, ground
1/2 cup walnuts or hazel nuts
3/4 cup protein powder (Heidi uses BioPure Whey Protein powder metagenics)
2/3 cup brown sugar more or less depending on how sweet you like it. None if you want a sugar free treat.
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
Zest of one orange

Mix the drys together, then add
2 TBSP butter
2/3 cup (mounded) cottage cheese (or ricotta Heidi always uses cottage cheese)
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup currants
2/3 cup grated zucchini

Mix well.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Variations:
Use pumpkin instead of zucchini and add 1 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp cloves, 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Add 2 ounces of melted unsweetened chocolate and use chocolate chips instead of currants.

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My mom used to make cottage cheese pancakes. REALLY GOOD!
1 small tub cottage cheese, 2 eggs and 1 egg white, 1/4 cup flour or so to thicken it up, and a little melted butter if you want for taste. Use butter in the pan, not Pam, and make them small since they tend to be a bit messy to turn. Excellent spead with fruit jam. They are pretty mild too for sensitive new-mommy tummies!

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Are you Ready?
Try Steaming or boiling some Peas, but your butter and salt then a big blob of cottage cheese, mix and eat, My whole family loves this,

I like Cottage cheese on Triscuts (sp) Crackers, sprinkle with a little MRS. Dash.

We always put cottage cheese on top of our salads, baked in our enchiladas, topped on Baked potatoes w/sour cream & butter,

My boyfriend loves to put it in his Cereal.

As a great desert, try fruit and cottage on a bed of lettuce, like peaches, pineapple, pears, or bananas.

Here's a recipe I found.

Noodles and Cottage Cheese
It's a side dish at dinner, a main dish at lunch, and if you drop the chives and add cinnamon-sugar instead, it's a homely dessert.
INGREDIENTS:
3/4 lb. wide egg noodles
1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
1 cup regular or low-fat sour cream
Salt and pepper
Chives, optional
1. Cook the noodles in boiling salted water. Drain, put in a bowl, and add the cottage cheese, sour cream, salt, pepper and optional chives. Makes 4 servings.

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Like Julie said, we usually put it on a bowl of peaches, then make sure to have enough of each to have equal bites! :) It is an excellent source of protein. I wasn't getting enough when I was pregnant and my midwife told me to eat it, so we had the peaches and cottage cheese every night.

Now that I have Erika, she just loves to eat it straight!

Hi C.

My mother used to make lasagne with cottage cheese instead of ricotta. I think she used to just substitute it into the recipe in place of ricotta. You could make spinach lasagne that way!

Jess

I love cottage cheese!! Try it with mandrin oranges, whipped cream and orange jello mix it together so that the jello disolves its yummy!!makes a big bowl so others might like it too!!!

I love salsa mixed with my cottage cheese. I make my own salsa, so it's got pazazz.

Is there a reason you are trying to eat cottage cheese? I am also a veggie, but don't eat milk products like milk or cottage cheese. I do eat cheese though. If you are trying to get some extra protien from dairy, I would suggest yogurt. It actually doesn't count as a dairy because the enzymes in it eat the lactose. I would also recomend protien shakes, I have a great recipe for them. I feed my kids one every day and put extra fat and protien in it for them. I hope this helps!!!

:)

Hi C.,
Cottage Cheese is excellent with pineapple tidbits, mix equal portions. Also try 2 tblspns, ontop a baked potatoe, no butter or sour cream required!! So yummy! Use to make lasagne, replace the ricotta with the cottage cheese, use spinach or arugula, instead of meat. Just couple things I used along my way. Hope you find them useful. Have a great day!

T.

Hi
Well this is one of my favorite things is to top it on my soup/stew instead of meat for this recipe use 2 cans of veggie stock. Take an onion & garlic and saute in a tbsp of olive oil. add a can of stewed tomatoes, one green and red bell pepper sliced, can of canelli beans or kidney beans and 2 cans of stock,Add some italian seasonings bring to boil cook for 10 mins, then add 1 cup of elbow maccaroni reduec to simmer and cook for another 15 mins. add salt and pepper to taste serve in a bowl and top w/ Cottage cheese. You can add other veggies that you like as well.
have fun w/ it
L.

I'm surprised no on else has said this one: maybe I'm wierd, but I LOVE bananas with my cottage cheese, sometimes stirred in, sometimes not, just taking alternating bites is yummy! Bananas and sliced cheddar cheese are really good too!

I like to eat cottage cheese with corn chips. Together they make a complete protein. The saltyness of the chips is great with cottage cheese.
W.

HAVE NOT YET READ THE OTHER RESPONCES TO YOUR MESSAGE YET BUT I LOVE TO ADD A BIT OF SALT AND PEPPER AND VINGAR AND CUCUMBERS MAYBE SOME TOMATOES TOO... KINDA TURNS IT INTO A LITTLE SALAD CRUTONS FOR CRUNCH IS GOOD TOO! OR YOU CAN USE PLAIN COTTAGE CHEESE AND JELLO YOU CAN ALSO MIX IT INTO JELLO AND LET IT SET! THAT IS GREAT TOO BECAUSE YOU CAN DO SUGAR FREE TOO THAT WAY S.

I really like it with peaches or any kind of fruit. You can also make your lasagna with it.

Well I think it's kind of gross, but both my boys love cottage cheese w/ jam or jelly. Learned it at their grandmas! Hope you like it!

Nel

I used to feel the same way. I did not like the little chunks. Then I tried it with my favorite fruit, pineapple. All I do is put some cottage cheese in a bowl then add crushed pineapple with a little of the pineapple juice and mix it together. You end up getting more of the pineapple flavor.
T.

I make spinach lasagna and use cottage cheese instead of ricotta.

I never thought of this until I tried it. At Chemeketa Community College they serve cottage cheese with tomato slices. It is very yummy.

I like to mix cottage cheese with some jam or jelly or fresh fruit. I also toast some bread, mix cottage cheese with vanilla extract and a drop of sugar, put mixture on top of toast, sprinkle some cinnamon and broil till just bubbling. It is good for breakfast or as a dessert.

I add a scoop of cottage cheese to my daughter's smoothies. She doesn't like anything with texture -- so I found this was an easy way to boost her protein intake - and you don't even taste it.

Smoothie:
1 Yogurt
1 Scoop of Cottage Cheese
Fresh or frozen berries
1 T. Flaxseed Meal
1-2 T. Milk (if you want it more like a drink)

I have seen my mother mix it with applesauce.

Quick and simple and so yummy!!! Lightly salted Rice Cakes w/ cottage cheese on top. I promise it is DELICIOUS & filling and a good, healthy snack!! =)

Protein is so important during pregnancy and I commend you for finding ways to incorporate more in your diet. I mix yogurt with my cottage cheese. I also use cottage cheese to substitute ricotta cheese--excellent in a vegetarian lasagne.

May you have a beautiful pregnancy and birthing experience.

I know I'm very late for this response, but I wanted to tell you that I use cottage cheese in my lasagne instead of fattening feta cheeses. I layer the ready to bake noodles (you don't have to boil them first) with sauce and veggies (since you are a vegitarian)then cottage cheese and shredded cheese then noodles and repeat and last layer is topped with noodles and only shredded cheese. I recommend that you precook the veggies to a point where they are almost done, still a little crunchy and then make the lasagne. By now you have probably had your precious baby and this is great to make a large amount and freeze sections for later. good luck and I hope all is well with the new baby!!!

HI C.,

I never thought I would find another vegetarian like myself. I am a local doula, and I can tell you that protine IS very important and you are right cottage cheese is a great way to get it. Protine will help you keep any edema at bay. So, if you can stomach Jell-o then it is great mixed with Jell-o,
walnuts,and cottage cheese. If you don't stomach the thought of gelatin, there are a few easy to make, and great recipies on the internet for vegetarian gelatin.

Best of luck!
T.

I have a yummy recipe for egg rolls.
1/2 lb shredded swiss cheese
1 lb cottage cheese
1&1/2 sticks butter
6 eggs (beaten)
3 oz cream cheese
Phyllo leaves or egg roll wrappers

In large bowl, mix cheeses with butter. Add eggs. Mix well. Take wrappers or Phyllo cut into 6" squares, put a spoonful of mix in center and fold like an egg roll.
Wrappers: fry in oil
Phyllo: bake at 375 till brown

hi C.,

i hear ya! cottage cheese can get old *really* fast.

some things i did with it:

cottage cheese with:
parmesan cheese
grated cheddar cheese
roasted sunflowers or other nuts (almonds are great too)
a little bit of green onion and radish
a splash of curry

iknow people like to mix fruits with it too.

best luck! and lentils are also a great protein source.

I'm not a huge meat eater either and getting my protein is a challenge sometimes.

When I was 4-5 months pregnant, I couldn't go a day without cottage cheese! I do like it with just some salt and pepper (I go overboard with salt sometimes). I would dish it in a bowl and have a couple of pickle spears in the same bowl. I'd alternate between a bit of a spear and some cottage cheese and it didn't seem plain to me. I don't normally like Club crackers, but I would dip them in cottage cheese and liked it. I don't really like sweet fruit mixed with cottage cheese, but everybody else seems to. =) I also like chopped roma tomatoes and avocado mixed with it.

(I also used peanut butter and soy protein shakes on days I didn't seem to get enough protein. My favorite was dipping some braeburn apple spears in peanut butter.)

I enjoy cottage cheeze with peaches, I also like it with pot pies. I'm sure you can find some without meat! Good luck, Also, penutbutter and pickle sandwiches & penutbutter & bannana are great ways to get protien!

I make quiche w/ cottage cheese; make (or buy) a pastry crust; fill with veggies of your choice (I'm vegetarian, too) add 2-3 cups cottage cheese and 4-6 eggs; top w/ shredded cheese.

Or, you can make lasagne and substitute cottage for ricotta cheese. Hope this helps!

i use to be a vegiterian.that is the way that i was raised.have you ever heard of brews yeast?you can find it at food stores.like at in fred myers.there is also a place on 395 by that matress outlet that carries it.also alot of meatless "meat products" that really are not that bad.

Cottage cheese is great with pineapple, mandarin oranges (my favorite) and believe it or not, jello. You can also mix it in with pasta (ricotta cheese works even better for taste). You can also heat cottage cheese, add a little sugar, vanilla and even maple syrup for a hot breakfast. It sounds gross, but it's pretty good!

My husband likes to put cottage cheese with peaches. I know they sell them like that at the store with other types of fruit, but he just buys peaches and puts it over cottage cheese.

my favorite way to eat cottage cheese is with pineapple chunks and walnuts mixed in. it's easy and SO good!

I like cottage cheese with yogurt mixed in. Sounds gross, but it smooths out the texture. Good Luck!

Jen
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I have to agree with the peaches! Also pears. I love a jello salad with pinaple, c. cheese and lime jello for a something sweet. Also vegie lasagna with thin strips of zucchinni...yum!

M.

Hello C., Well this has always been a family fav. and it always seems to show up at family get togethers. Try taking your cottage cheese and Jello we normaly use strabarry bannana but you can use any flaver that you want put the cottage cheese in a bolw dump the jello powder in on top of it and get some pinapple drain it and dump it in as well then get some suger free cool whip and put it in as well mix it all to gether and enjoy. This is a very good treat and belive it or not my mother and my daughter hate cottage cheese but both will eat this like there is no tomorrow. To change it up some of the family will cut up nuts of some kind and throw them in as well or some times use friut cocktail as a sub for the pinapple. You can use most any kind of friut in this recipe just depends on witch flaver of Jello that you like best. I have eaten this way with strawberrys,manderins,peaches and well lots of others one of my aunts even uses seasonl friut from time to time like kewi. Well I hope this helps you some and that you find a way to enjoy cottage cheese.
Good luck and have fun with new recipes, J.

Cottage cheese is actually not the best dairy for high protein. According to a quick web search at http://www.nutritiondata.com, you'd be a lot better eating gruyere or almost any more solid cheese. 132 grams of gruyere has 39 grams of protein, as compared to 113 grams (4 oz) of cottage cheese only having 14 grams of protein. I see a lot of fondue in your future. 132 grams of cheddar has 33 grams of protein.

I also recommend smoothies, made with milk, and add a scoop of protein powder.

I'm not sure of the exact recipe but you bake a potatoe, I used the microwave it takes a lot less time and then you take out the insides of the potatoe and mix cottage cheese with it then fill the potatoe back up and sprink cheese over the top and put it in the oven for like five minutes, it's not as healthy as some of the other responses but it is very filling and it tastes good.

Mix it with fruit is the easiest. Do a google search for "cottage cheese recipes" I found a bunch that way.

If you don't like it, I would say forget cottage cheese and go to www.vrg.org (vegetarian resource group) for ideas on a protein that you do like!

-S-

I am the same way with meat. I do each chicken but only sometimes. I eat allot of cottage cheese but also can not stand to eat it alone. I have to have some kind of carb with it. Most fruits are good with it. I will even grab a hand full of frosted shredded wheat and eat that with it. I also love to chop up a tomato and mix it in.

I know it sounds weird, but Mac and Cheese with cottage cheese and ketchup is really good

cottage cheese loaf
1pint cottag cheese (2C.)
1/2c quick oats
1 egg
1/2c fine dry bread crumbs
1onion minced
2Tbsp soy sauce
1/4tsp garlic powder

mix and smooth into buttered glass casserole dish 8X8 baking dish. Bake 45min to 1hr at 350degrees.
Serve with mushroom soup gravy (1/2 to 2/3 can of water added to soup)
best baked the day before and reheated..
serves 4

you can also make patties out of this too but you have to cook them till they are black to make sure everything in them is fully cooked..
i love this recipe, i usually serve mashed potatoes with it and some veggies and salad.. hope you enjoy it...

don't know if you like tomatoes but this one is fun for you to make and my kids love it too. its really simple. All you do is buy some cherry tomatoes, wash them, cut them in half, scoop out the insides(you can either throw these away or i usually mix them in with a salsa i have in the fridge), then you just fill them with cottage cheese(small curd works best), add a lil salt n you're good to go. you can spice it up any way you need to but its just kinda a fun lil treat n you don't have to sit down to a whole meal for it. another idea is to just put some cottage cheese in the center of your favorite salad with your dressing you hardly even taste it.
E.

Better late than never? I just joined this site.

#1.- prepare jello as directed on pkg. fold in SMALL curd cottage cheese... drained fruit cocktail...nuts (if desired... chopped almonds are a good protein source)... mini marshmellows and let set. Many people think this jello has whipped cream in it and LOVE it...but it is the cottage cheese!

#2.- MY personal favorite! Place a canned pear 1/2 into a bowl...add a scoop of cottage cheese on top of pear and pour some pear juice over. Yum!

#3.- I use small curd cottage cheese instead of ricotta (expensive) or feta (yukky) cheese in my lasagna. Even people who say they hate cottage cheese love my lasagna.

#4.- Quick Cottage dip: small carton of small curd cottage cheese... TBSP.dried parsley... TBSP. minced/chopped (dried)onions... salt and pepper (or seasoned salt)... whip it all up with a mixer... Great onion dip with potato chips or on veggie stix!

If you eat vegetarian lasagna, instead of the ricotta cheese, you can use cottage cheese.It makes it very moist.

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